The City of San Francisco Goes Via Milwaukee

On October 30, 1955, the Union Pacific abruptly shifted its passenger trains from the Chicago & North Western to the Milwaukee Road for the portion of the trip between Omaha and Chicago. According to Rank & Kratville’s heavy tome on Union Pacific Streamliners, at the end of 1954, the North Western owed Union Pacific more than $1 million due to equalization agreements for the use of cars on the various City trains. When the UP asked the C&NW to pay up, the latter railroad indicated a reluctance to pay and less-than-enthusiastic feelings about continuing the partnership.

Click to download a 2.5-MB PDF of this four-page brochure.

So the Union Pacific switched to the Milwaukee Road, and agreed to forgive the debt owed to it by the C&NW. This brochure, dated November, 1955, was obviously issued to recognize this change. Note that the nose of the E6 locomotive (SF-4), which (as shown below) was previously marked with the logos of all three railroads that operated the train (C&NW, UP, SP), is blank, probably airbrushed out by a graphics artist. Naturally, the photo shows the train on the causeway across the Great Salt Lake.

The rest of the brochure has photos of the interior of the train. Though the headrest covers in the photo on the lower left corner of page 2 are marked “City of Los Angeles,” by this time much of the equipment on the City trains was pretty similar. Also worth noting is that the brochure advertises “no extra fare” to ride the City of San Francisco; the UP had dropped such extra fares in 1954.


The City of San Francisco Goes Via Milwaukee — 1 Comment

  1. Is this what caused the Milwaukee Road to change paint schemes? I first saw the Milwaukee Road in the yellow with a red stripe. Only later did I learn it traditionally had another paint scheme.


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